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Make Your Own Homemade Corned Beef
from Scratch

Easily Made from a Beef Roast

I have more than just homemade corned beef, check out my easy Reuben sandwich and Reuben casserole recipe below.  If you have a beef roast, you can make your own corned beef easily.

You and your family will love this. It takes a few days to cure, but is so worth it. This is one of those crock pot recipes that makes the house smell divine.  So much cheaper than the grocery store...

Homemade Corned Beef

Homemade Corned Beef - Make your own corned beef easily at home

This is very easy to make, but takes a few days to season. It is so tasty and I am always asked for this recipe.  



4 to 6 pound beef roast
5 TBS Tender Quick
2 TBS homemade brown sugar, packed
2 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp bay leaf powder (or crush bay leaves and measure out 1 teaspoon)
1 tsp ground allspice
2 tsp homemade garlic powder


Mix all ingredients together and rub on roast. Place roast in a resealable bag and place in the refrigerator. Allow to cure 5 days per 2 inches (thickness) of meat, turning bag once a day. This takes at least 5 to 7 days.

When done, rinse off and cook in crock pot until meat falls apart. During the last hour or so of cooking, add cabbage wedges and potatoes.

Use the leftovers for Reuben sandwiches (photo above). Just place corned beef on rye bread and add sauerkraut and a slice of baby Swiss or provolone cheese; cook like a grilled cheese sandwich. Serve with homemade Thousand Island Dressing - recipe below.

Old Fashioned Thousand Island Salad Dressing


1/2 cup homemade mayonnaise recipe below
2 TBS ketchup
1 TBS white vinegar
2 tsp white granulated sugar
2 tsp sweet pickle relish
1 tsp minced white onion
1/8 tsp salt
dash of white pepper or freshly ground black pepper


Whisk all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Place in the refrigerator for several hours before serving and stir every hour for the flavors to blend and the sugar to dissolve completely.

Homemade Mayonnaise Recipe


1-1/4 cup canola oil, divided
1 egg, room temperature
3 TBS vinegar
1 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp salt
pinch homemade cayenne pepper


Place 1/4 cup of oil, salt, cayenne pepper, mustard and egg into a blender or food processor and pulse until completely blended.

Do you a completely homemade meal? Here's my easy homemade sauerkraut recipe.

Here's a great recipe to use up that delicious homemade corned beef.


1 loaf buttered marbled rye bread, cubed*
16 oz sauerkraut
2 cups Swiss cheese
2 cups corned beef (recipe above), cut into bite-sized pieces
1/2 cup Thousand Island salad dressing (recipe above)

PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees and spray the bottom of a 9x13 inch pan with oil.

Layer with corned beef first, then sauerkraut, salad dressing and cheese.  Place buttered bread cubes on top. 

Cover and bake for 30 minutes.  Uncover and bake another 10 minutes or until cubes of bread are toasted.

*You may also drizzle butter over the top of the casserole before baking.

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